Author: Thorsteinn Mar

Hot off the press – Trudvang Chronicles

Trudvang Chronicles, the most anticipated RPG of 2017, is hot off the press. Many roleplayers wait eagerly for this new and exciting fantasy roleplaying game. But what has RiotMinds, publishers of Trudvang Chronicles, more in store for Trudvang fans? Here’s what Theodore and Magnus at RiotMinds have to say.  Trudvang Chronicles is a fantasy game based on the Swedish RPG Drakar och Demoner. Lately we’ve taken a good look at Trudvang Chronicles (see Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V) and this sure is game that looks great. Trudvang Chronicles was voted the most anticipated...

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Roleplaying with kids

Roleplaying is both fun, educating and a wonderful way spend time with your kids. Yet, roleplaying with kids is not as playing with adults and you need to take their age and maturity into account. Having fun is paramount. When my older son was 8 years old he asked me whether I would like to roleplay with him and his friends. He had never tried it, though he had often seen me roleplay. He understood what roleplay is and found it interesting. Sure, I said and asked, what would you like to play? In a rather long and complicated...

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Length of a Round in D&D

The length of a D&D combat round changed when the 3rd edition was released. Does the length matter or is the length of a combat round trivial as long as it fits the narrative? Shortly after the release of 3rd edition I played with my friends the Sunless Citadel, a great module recently re-released for 5th edition in Tales from the Yawning Portal. We created characters, assembled our party and ventured down to the Citadel after a short stop in Oakhurst. Before long we encountered a few giant rats and had a hard time killing the vermin, after all...

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Ravenloft – Gothic Horror D&D setting

Ravenloft is one of the most popular D&D setting, which owes it popularity to the 1st Ed. AD&D module Ravenloft. Written by Tracy and Laura Hickman and published in 1983, Ravenloft was expanded and launched as a full-fledged campaign setting in 1990.  For a long time Ravenloft has been a favorite of mine. I’m a sucker for horror and especially gothic-horror, so this campaign setting is something I turn to on a regular basis. I like the bleakness, the horror and, of course, how the Dark Powers like to toy with the Dark Lords, creating a sense of an...

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Where have all the good rpg stores gone?

Publishing and distribution of RPG material has become a whole lot easier in the recent years, especially because of the Internet. Though this is in many ways great for roleplayers, it has some downsides. Where have all the good rpg stores gone? When I was growing up there was one store here in Reykjavik, Iceland, that specialized in roleplaying goods. How I loved going there and I could spend hours just browsing through shelves stacked with different roleplaying books and chatting to other roleplayers. The store served as much as a community center as it was a store. Later,...

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